6. Hunt Through Lunch
In areas with hunting pressure, mature bucks have learned that the midday lunch break is a safe time to stretch, snack, drink and reposition themselves before the hunters return. For the savvy hunters who stick it out, that can make the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. window a more productive time to be afield than the shoulder hours of the day.
Instead of heading back to camp to eat and nap, therefore, hang tight on the likes of that hardwood ridge running parallel to a cedar swamp, or in the aspens overlooking a winding western river valley. Hunt the midday and you just might trick that smart old buck that’s been conditioned into believing all hunters leave for lunch.